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Topic Title: trolling motor question.
Topic Summary: Minn Kota
Created On: 03/03/2019 06:36 AM
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 03/03/2019 06:36 AM
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Long Beard

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Looking to put a Minn Kota Riptide Terova on my 17ft center console. Everything I've read suggests the motor with 55LB thrust for my boat. I pretty much only fish the Inlet and am assuming that this suggestion isn't taking the strong incoming and outgoing tides of the Inlet into consideration. Any of you have this trolling motor? It would be nice to not spend the extra money for the 80LB thrust, but I'd hate to burn the 55 out battling the inlet. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Edited: 03/03/2019 at 07:04 AM by Long Beard
 03/03/2019 11:16 AM
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stokedpanda

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With a strong current not much could fight it for long effectively imo but most guys fishing mayport inlet in Jax with big tides have 80 or even bigger with serious battery packs.

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 03/03/2019 12:39 PM
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Long Beard

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Good to know, thanks for the heads up!

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 03/03/2019 02:03 PM
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woundupintx

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I have the 80 on my 19' and have ran it wide open, pushes the boat 3kts for a few hours and never used more than half my juice. I've fished the Inlet for 3-4 hrs with it on spot lock and never had any issues

Edited: 03/03/2019 at 02:04 PM by woundupintx
 03/03/2019 03:15 PM
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Long Beard

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Right on. Figure I'll probably only be using it on spot lock. I had to tow one of the charter captains in one night a few months ago. He was drifting the fenders on the outgoing and his motor shut down. He was trying like hell to go against the current with just his trolling motor but he wasn't getting anywhere. Sketchy situation in the dark.

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 03/04/2019 12:06 AM
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woundupintx

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That is sketchy especially in the dark. What size boat / trolling motor was he running? Slowly getting used to fishing / running the inlet myself. My boats actually 18' but I'm glad I opted for the 80 instead of 55
 03/04/2019 04:54 AM
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Long Beard

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I'm not sure what he had on there, but it was probably at least a 21ft boat.

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 03/04/2019 06:40 AM
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Plan B

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Man, that spot lock feature is a game changer.... 1st time I fished on a boat with one I was like held over a wreck no prob while we jigged Cobes and snapper..... and no anchor yankin for me

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 03/06/2019 01:47 PM
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equipeola

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There's no substitute for horsepower brother. Put as big a one on it you choose to afford. Power is safety 80-103, or whatever it is, imho

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 03/12/2019 01:02 AM
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LargeMike

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Yes for what you are talking about, 80 minimum
 03/16/2019 06:44 AM
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cheaterfiveo

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I have been using 80 riptide on airboat and 112 on 21 foot Basscat, mo powa mo betta

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 03/17/2019 09:11 AM
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Long Beard

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got the 80'lb thrust. so far so good. The I-Pilot is a game changer.

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